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The Guide to Kansas Court Records


The Kansas trial court system consists of District Courts, County Courts, and Municipal Courts.
 
District Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, but typically only handle cases beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. Some cities in Kansas also have Municipal Courts, with limited jurisdiction over city ordinance violations.

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Kansas District Courts

District Courts generally handle all civil and criminal cases, unless another court exercises jurisdiction over the case.

District Courts may have specialized court divisions based on case type, including Civil, Criminal, Domestic Relations, Probate, Juvenile, and Limited Actions. Limited Actions may include Small Claims and Traffic cases. Other divisions may exist, including Drug Court or Youth Court, which are special programs that focus on rehabilitation in response to certain types of crimes.

There may be District Judges and District Magistrate Judges in a District Court. District Magistrate judges have limited jurisdiction to preside over certain types of cases.

Kansas County Courts

Sedgwick County Court handles enforcement of county codes and resolutions inlcuding nuisance citations, traffic infractions, parking violations, and misdemeanors committed in unincorporated areas of the county. It also handles violations by parents who fail to pick up their children from the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center, and illegal dumping and trespassing in the "Big Ditch" area.

At this time, only Sedgwick County has a County Court.

Kansas Municipal Courts

Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction to hear cases involving violations of city ordinances, such as traffic offenses or minor criminal offenses. Municipal Courts do not offer jury trials.

Where to find court cases in Kansas

The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Kansas.
 

Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
CivilDistrict CourtsCounty CourtsMunicipal Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
 Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the District Courts
  
General Civil - Limited
 Most or all General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Small Claims
 Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Civil Equity
 Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Complex Commercial
 Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Foreclosures and Liens
 Most or all Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Real Estate Title and Boundary
 Most or all Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Landlord / Tenant
 Most or all Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Ordinance Violations
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the County Courts
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
 Most or all Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Administrative Agency Appeals
 Most or all Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the District Courts
  
CriminalDistrict CourtsCounty CourtsMunicipal Courts
Felony
 Most or all Felony cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Felony Preliminary Hearings
 Most or all Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Misdemeanors
 Most or all Misdemeanors cases can be found in the District Courts
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Ordinance Violations
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the County Courts
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Juvenile
 Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Traffic and Infractions
 Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the District Courts
 Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the County Courts
 Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Domestic RelationsDistrict CourtsCounty CourtsMunicipal Courts
Divorce
 Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Child Custody and Visitation
 Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Child Support
 Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Paternity
 Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Domestic Violence Protection Order
 Most or all Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the District Courts
  
JuvenileDistrict CourtsCounty CourtsMunicipal Courts
Adoptions
 Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Juvenile Delinquency
 Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Child Abuse and Neglect
 Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Termination of Parental Rights
 Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Children in Need of Supervision
 Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Mental HealthDistrict CourtsCounty CourtsMunicipal Courts
Involuntary Commitments
 Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Other Mental Health Cases
 Most or all Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the District Courts
  
ProbateDistrict CourtsCounty CourtsMunicipal Courts
Wills & Estates
 Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Name Changes
 Most or all Name Changes cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Trusts
 Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the District Courts
  
Guardianships and Conservatorships
 Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the District Courts
  


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